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9 May 2017

WIRELESS

Alpha Telecom Mali receives hardware from Huawei as it targets launch by end-2017

Alpha Telecom Mali hopes to accelerate its network rollout following the delivery of new equipment from Huawei, according to Agence Ecofin. With Alpha Telecom Mali said to be eyeing a... more

QCell launching Gambian 4G LTE

Gambian mobile network operator QCell has held a launch event to inaugurate its 4G LTE network upgrade – the first of its kind in the country – which it has... more

Ericsson offers update on KT’s trial 5G network project

South Korean mobile network operator (MNO) KT Corp is in the final stages of 5G trial infrastructure tests in the city of PyeongChang. In a press release Swedish vendor Ericsson... more

Minsvyazi: LTE now available to 60% of Belarus' population

The Belarusian Ministry of Communications and Informatisation (Minsvyazi) has provided a brief update on ongoing technological developments in the country, noting that LTE services are now available to 60% of... more

XL Axiata expands LTE coverage in Sumatra and Central Java

Indonesian mobile operator XL Axiata has strengthened its 4G LTE coverage in Sumatra and Central Java, noting that by the end of this month, 37 additional cities in Lampung, West... more

Swisscom demonstrates 800Mbps download speeds over LTE

State-owned full service provider Swisscom has demonstrated mobile download speeds of around 800Mbps at one of its stores in Zurich via a live LTE network using carrier aggregation (CA) to... more

Airtel Lanka picks Gemalto’s device management platform to bolster internet service

Daily Mirror Lanka writes that mobile operator Bharti Airtel Lanka has selected Gemalto’s LinqUs Device Management platform to improve the experience of its smartphone users who have reported experiencing interruptions... more

Millions of Ugandans still to re-register mobile accounts

The Ugandan government says just 13 million SIM cards have so far been authenticated under its controversial re-registration scheme, which requires users to present their national ID card to confirm... more

BROADBAND

Verizon hands Prysmian USD300m fibre contract

US telecoms giant Verizon Communications has signed a ‘significant supply agreement’ with Prysmian Group, to support its US network expansion. The next-generation fibre platform will accelerate the deployment of 5G... more

M-net rolls out G.fast in Munich

German regional telecoms operator M-net has deployed G.fast networks in Hasenbergl and Harthof, two districts of Munich. Digital Fernsehen reports that the new service offers maximum broadband speeds of 300Mbps,... more

STC to provide 60% of funding for state-backed fibre-optic network

Khalid bin Hussain Biyari, CEO of Saudi Telecom Company (STC), has revealed that his company will contribute 60% of the required funding for the government’s fibre-optic broadband project aiming to... more

Iran's TCI taps Huawei for network upgrade

State-owned Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) is working with Huawei of China on the integration and upgrade of its fixed and mobile networks. According to a report from The Financial... more

Telecom Namibia expands rural WiMAX network

Namibia’s largest telco by subscribers, Telecom Namibia has announced the deployment of WiMAX technology to the towns of Luderitz and Ondangwa, as well as to locations in some rural areas... more

NEC contributes to KDDI’s next generation enterprise platform

Japan’s NEC Corp has announced its contributions to a trial of network operator KDDI’s next generation enterprise platform, in collaboration with open source cloud solution provider Red Hat. The trials... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

MTN to acquire 49% of Iranian Net

South Africa’s MTN Group is to acquire a 49% stake in Iran’s state-backed ISP Iranian Net for ZAR540 million (USD40 million). MTN, which already has a 49% interest in Iran’s... more

Straight Path confirms ‘superior proposal’ as mystery bidder raises offer to USD3.1bn

US-based Straight Path Communications, which holds a nationwide portfolio of 5G-suitable mmWave spectrum, including 39GHz and 28GHz licences, has confirmed that it has received ‘a revised offer from a multi-national... more

Entel books 3% revenue growth amidst ‘challenging’ conditions in domestic market

Chilean telecoms group Entel has reported total turnover of CLP477 billion (USD705 million) for the first three months of 2017 – an increase of 3% compared to the same period... more

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